Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
The Information Systems major (BSBA-IST) is designed for students who want to be at the intersection between business and technology. IST majors develop the technical knowledge necessary to supply organizations with the information needed to make crucial strategic decisions. The IST curriculum teaches students effective strategies and techniques to analyze, design, and implement information systems. Students interested in IST must possess strong quantitative skills as well as a passion for computers and technology.
Information Systems Curriculum
Students pursuing a BSBA-IST must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. For information about the required coursework please visit UF's Information Systems Major page or schedule an appointment with one of our information systems major Academic Advisors and Career Coaches.
- Renee Clark (renee.clark at warrington.ufl.edu) (last names A-Go)
- Derek Guffin (derek.guffin at warrington.ufl.edu) (last names Gp-N)
- Bernadine Thomas (bernadine.thomas at warrington.ufl.edu) (last names O-Z)
Useful Minors and Electives
Information Systems and Operation Management majors are encouraged to enhance their education by pursuing industry related minors and choosing targeted electives. While all minors and electives offer educational benefits there are some that are particularly useful for IST majors, such as:
- Actuarial Science
- Computer and Information Science and Engineering
- Foreign Languages
For information about the required courses for these and other UF minors, consult the undergraduate catalog’s undergraduate minors page.
- ACG 3031 (Financial Accounting and Reporting 1)
- ACG 3401 (Business Processes and Accounting Information Systems)
- ACG 4111 (Financial Accounting and Reporting)
- ACG 4341 (Cost and Managerial Accounting)
- CIS 3020 (Advanced Programming for Majors)
- CIS 3022/3023 (Programming Fundamentals for CIS majors 1 and 2
- COT 3100 (Applications of Discrete Structures)
- CDA 3101 (Introduction to Computer Organization
- COP 3530 (Data Structures and Algorithms)
- COP 4600 (Operating Systems)
- ECO 3101 (Intermediate Microeconomics)
- ECO 3203 (Intermediate Macroeconomics)
- ENT 3003 (Principles of Entrepreneurship)
- ENT 4934 (Special Topics)
- GEB 3213 (Professional Writing in Business)
- GEB 3218 (Professional Speaking in Business)
- REE 3043 (Real Estate Analysis)
- REE 4303 (Investment Decision Making)
IST majors interested in furthering their knowledge of information systems and operations management may pursue a Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management (MS-ISOM) through the combined degree program. Combined degree students may apply select master’s courses toward their bachelor’s degree. While the MS-ISOM program is rigorous, students who complete the combined degree enhance their marketability and develop valuable industry relationships.
IST majors interested in international business may also pursue a Master of International Business (MIB) through the combined degree program. Like the MS-ISOM, this program allows students to apply select master’s level courses to their bachelor’s degree.
For more information, please schedule an appointment with a School of Business Academic Advisor and Career Coach and consult the MS-ISOM or MIB program website.
One of the unique benefits of being an IST major is the opportunity to double major in another School of Business discipline. IST majors are free to add an additional major in Finance, Economics, Marketing, Management, or General Studies. By pursuing a second major in business, students further their business knowledge while developing the technical skills necessary to compete in today’s evolving marketplace. For more information about double majoring please consult your School of Business Academic Advisor and Career Coach.
Internships and Career Outlook
From international corporations to small entrepreneurial startups, organizations of all size hire Information Systems and Operation Management majors. According to the 2012 National Association of Colleges and Employers annual survey, Information Systems and Operations Management ranked seventh out of all majors that employers hire. Students interested in learning more about internship or full-time opportunities available to Information Systems and Operations Management majors should utilize the following resources:
- School of Business Academic Advising and Career Coaching
- Career and Academic Peer Mentors
- Career Resource Center
- Department of Information Systems and Operations Management
Career Opportunities in Information Systems and Operations Management
Students who pursue careers in information systems and operations management have a variety of options. Among the most popular career opportunities are:
- Computer Programming
- Computer Systems Analysis
- Data Processing
- Information Technology
- Network Security
- Operations Management
- Supply Chain Management
For more information about opportunities in Information Systems and Operations Management, please schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor and Career Coach.
Opportunities for Involvement and Leadership in Information Systems and Operations Management
The Warrington College of Business Administration provides numerous opportunities for involvement and leadership. By participating in student organizations, students gain valuable leadership skills and network with faculty, alumni, and recruiters. Students looking for organizations focused on IST should consider:
- Association for Information Systems
- Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) Ambassadors
- Entrepreneurship and Technology Club
- Innovation College Executives
For more information about these and all Warrington student organizations, please visit our Business Student Organization page.